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Dive Review of Scuba Emporium in
The Continental USA/Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Scuba Emporium, May, 2007,

by T Griffin, MD, USA . Report 3561.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Greater Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, NC
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 78 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments We booked with Scuba Emporium for 5 dives weeks before the trip, and also confirmed the dive time of 10am a few days before the dive, since it differed from their brochure.
But when we arrived at the pier - no boat. It left at 8am. The dive shop is not located at the pier so we called the dive shop. Sorry, we were misinformed about the time. Great, now what to do, since the afternoon dive was already full.
Finally, they called back and said they could squeeze us on with a large group (23 people) on the 1pm boat. We decided that was OK, at this point we just wanted to get wet.
We arrived shortly before 1pm and waited. The large group was a class of students that had just certified that morning. The dive operation had many mis-communications the wetsuits hadnt arrived for the new divers, and there wasnt enough weights or weight belts on board. Straightening this up took more than one trip back to the shop. We finally left the dock at 2:30! We were looking for a specific wreck dive spot, since our group were all experience divers were allowed to suit up and be the first in the water. The DM just needed to jump in and connect the boat to the mooring. He dove several times we waited geared up, hot in our wetsuits, for 30 minutes. He still couldnt find the mooring. Finally, we asked him to bag this site and find us another. We just wanted to dive, and all these new divers were getting motion sickness from the boat just floating about in the water. We moved to another site nearby, where the DM immediately found the mooring. It was now 4pm.
The five of us jumped in and toured the dive site. I never even got the name for this small boat wreck. The vis was bad, and there were not a great variety of fish. We did a 40 minute dive down to 75 feet, and then were working our way up to the safety stop when we realized that the other divers were still just entering the water. Which meant that we had to wait for the other divers, and it was 6pm before we left the dive site. There was supposed to be a second dive, but everyone agreed to cancel and just get back to shore where we arrived at 7pm.
Our simple 2 tank dive that should have taken less than 4 hours turned out to be 6 hours and only one dive.
The captain gave no apologies. The DM did everything he could, but he was helpless for the mismanagement of the trip.
The dive shop did give us a discount in the end, charging us only $25 per person, but I still think that was too much for the hassles we experienced.
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